Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Don’t get tied in knots over spindle maintenance

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00

A basic 3-axis CNC router used in the woodworking industry is a substantial piece of equipment. The frame and gantry are large pieces of heavy-gauge steel welded together; the motion control systems, rails and the trucks, are made of precision-machined high-quality steel, as are the linear-drive systems.

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Legacy makes its mark with Maverick CNC

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 11 April 2016 00:00

Mention a CNC machine to most woodworkers and they will envision a large machine with a sheet of plywood being cut with a router. For the most part, that is an accurate image of a CNC machine in the  woodworking industry.

However, there are many unique and specialized CNC machines in the woodworking industry that are smaller in size and rarely, if ever, see a whole sheet of plywood. In addition, there are numerous accessories and options that can significantly extend the capabilities of any CNC router.

Some are a fourth axis (rotary) that acts like a lathe, while fifth and sixth axes can be attached to the Z-axis for it to cut horizontally in the X-Y plane, which is the plane of the table.

There are also CNC machines that are configured differently and approach the use of how to use fourth, fifth and sixth axes in a different manner. One such manufacturer is Legacy CNC Woodworking of Springville, Utah. And if that name rings a bell, Legacy is the inventor and manufacturer of the Legacy Ornamental Mill, which is one of the more unique methods of controlling and using a typical router for a wide variety of creative woodworking tasks.

cutting_edgeLegacy has a wide variety of CNC machines that perform three-, four- and five-axis cutting operations. Its production models range from a 2’ x 2’, 3-axis benchtop model to a 4’ x 8’, five-axis floor model. Custom-sized models are also available.

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Weighing the costs of CNC raises important questions

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

Does every shop need digital fabrication capabilities? While I can make the argument that it will eventually improve anyone’s bottom line, there are exceptions.

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Small shop grows with CNC purchase

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

A CNC router can give a small shop big capabilities. As proof, I submit John Lesage’s 900-sq.-ft. space in Guilford, Conn.

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‘Certainty of the outcome’ boosts value of CNC

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

RES Woodworking in Clinton, Conn., has a well-equipped shop. On a recent visit, I quickly noted a SawStop table saw, Altenrdorf F45 slider, 36” wide belt sander, dovetailer, Kreg multi-spindle pocket hole and 4’ x 8’ face-frame table, and several shapers and router tables. It actually took a minute to find the Omnitech Selexx Pal CNC machine, painted bright orange with a 5’ x 10’ worktable.

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